I LOVE LIBERTY! Besides it being one of the best places to live and raise children, (in my ever so humble opinion) the historic downtown Liberty square is a "must see" this time of year. If you haven’t made time to visit, you are truly missing out on a special experience! The store fronts are filled with beautiful holiday displays, and inside you can purchase all types of unique gifts from food to fashion and flowers.
Some of us were sitting around talking last week about the New Year's holiday coming up, and we wondered why a baby is so commonly used as a symbol of the new year. I did a little bit of research on this, and here's what I found.
What does that really mean anyway? For years, I have sung that song on New Year’s Eve, and I haven’t the foggiest idea what I am singing about. And, I am not the only one. According to a wonderful article from the Chicago Tribune in 1995 (found on the Mid-Continent databases), barely anyone does. Well, I’m here to change that. Scottish (makes sense) poet Robert Burns is listed as the lyricist in late 1700’s, but Guy Lombardo is readily credited as the man who made the song popular in the US. "Auld Lang Syne" actually means "old long since".
Tea is a beverage that can be enjoyed anytime. During the cold winter months, I drink a lot of hot tea. I love to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot tea. It’s the perfect drink for sitting and watching the snow fall. When the winter flu or cold strikes, tea is the drink for me. There is just something so comforting about the beverage.
The staff of the Excelsior Springs Branch would like to wish you a Happy New Year. The branch will be closed on December 31st and January 1st. It will be open again on January 3rd. For more information, contact the Excelsior Springs Branch at 816-630-6721.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Did you know that the celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays? It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In 2000 BC the New Year was celebrated after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring). Spring was the season of rebirth. January 1 has been celebrated as a holiday by western nations for only about 400 years.
Every year at this time we are reminded of the great Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, January 17th is the day that the nation will honor his deeds and his memory. Many of us may remember those restless times, when a whole race of people were fighting for their rights. Some of us are just learning about Dr. King.
Breakout the pans and fire up the ovens, January 23 is National Pie Day!
It’s hard to believe, but for almost every type of food, there’s a day that’s dedicated to it. Ice Cream even has a whole month dedicated to it. (President Ronald Reagan gave the honor of National Ice Cream month to July.) But, it’s hard to think about ice cream when there’s currently a foot or more of snow on the ground.